Dear Hope Family,
I should have known that something interesting was afoot.
Sunday afternoon, I had finished some yard work just in time to wash my hands and turn my attention to the Hope Fall Fest. We cajoled the Speakman crew towards the car, and my wife asked, ‘Do you want to change your clothes?” To which I replied hastily something like, “Nope, it’s just an outdoor church BBQ.” I was foreseeing getting a little sweaty throwing the frisbee and then enjoying a snowcone.
I had no idea that an evening of celebration and encouragement many weeks in the making was awaiting me on the other end of our 6 minute commute to church.
“Thank you” seems horribly thin to convey my deep gratitude for the love, care, and affirmation I experienced and have continued to carry with me in the wake of such a thoughtful, intentional, and heartfelt celebration. But, thin as it is, please receive a hearty “Thank you” in return for the delightful words of encouragement, notes of encouragement, and 10-years worth of prayers and encouragement you lavished on me and my family.
Sunday evening capped off and put an exclamation point on the weekend of praying, dreaming, and planning that your elders, pastors, and I were able to do during our time away together. I look forward to reporting more fully on those dreams and plans soon.
For now, though, join me both in giving thanks for the extravagant grace God has poured out on our congregation and in boldly asking for more wisdom, courage, joy, and grace to be His people in this place for His Kingdom.
Grace and peace,